A cracking Ironman effort from Andrew

Andrew Cracknell with his Ironman medal
Andrew Cracknell with his Ironman medal

Dacorum & Tring AC runner Andrew Cracknell performed well in his first ever half Ironman triathlon.

Cracknell took on the Ironman 70.3 UK at Wimbleball in Exmoor – tackling a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run, to take 15th overall in the men’s 25 to 29 age group in a time of 5 hours 47 minutes and 30 seconds.

Cracknell, coming off a fast time at the Virgin London marathon in April, had the second fastest-run of the day outside the professional field, posting 1:30:38 for the half marathon portion of the race. A record 1,666 competitors took part this year.

Cracknell remarked on the tough conditions in what is considered the world’s hardest 70.3 Ironman.

“The hills did not stop; there was almost 6,000 feet of climbing,” he said. “I need to work on my swim and bike but I think there’s a future for me in the age groups.

“I know I’ll be doing the full Ironman distance soon!”

Adding to Dacorum & Tring AC’s burgeoning multisport section, Catherine Davies and Jan Strachan competed in the HSV Tri-Force Midsummer Aquathlon at the Hertfordshire Sports Village.

Davies placed 11th overall and was second in the ladies’ section, while Strachan was 10th in her age group.